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Mining Exploration Permit On Hold In Oneida County As Virus Cancels Meeting

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Badger Minerals will have to wait to get an exploratory drilling permit from Oneida County.

The Michigan-based company, a subsidiary of a Canadian mining firm, hopes to drill exploration holes in the town of Schoepke, near the Wolf River.

Beneath the ground is a deposit which may contain metals like zinc, copper, lead, gold, and silver.

The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee was set to vote on an exploratory drilling permit Wednesday.

But that meeting was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

The company also needs permission from the DNR before it can drill, and that process still requires a few more approvals.

Ben worked as the Special Topics Correspondent at WXPR from September 2019 until November 2021. He now contributes occasionally to WXPR. During his full-time employment, his main focus was reporting on environment and natural resources issues in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula as part of The Stream, a weekly series.
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